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Landing Craft Infantry - Large

LCI(L) 249

LCI(L) 249 in Drydock, Portsmouth England

Source: Canadian War Museum George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 20020039-001_p20a

Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

 

Laid down: 22 Oct 1942

Launched: 16 Dec 1942

Transferred to RCN: 04 Dec 1943

Paid off: 03 Sep 1944

Fate: Returned to the RN and later USN. Final disposition unknown.

 

Built in the USA, she was transferred to the RN on completion and commissioned into the RN on 24 Dec 1942 as LCI(L)-249. She was transferred to the RCN on 04 Dec 1943. During the D-Day landing she struck a mine on the way in to the beach though none of 192 soldiers on board were injured, but they had to disembark in deeper water than had been planned and struggled to get their equipment ashore. Another landing craft towed 249 back to England, where the damage was repaired. On 03 Sep 1944 she was transferred back to the RN, and in Jan 1948, back to the USN.

 

Commanding Officers

Lt John Edward O'Rourke, RCNVR

 

     In memory of those who have crossed the bar    

They shall not be forgotten

S-T

Tucker, Frank

1922-2015

 

 

 

 

 

Links - Personal photo gallery of Frank Tucker

 

Photos and Documents (below)

 

LCI(L) 249, Berničres-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944

 

Royal Canadian Navy Telegraphist James Grant took this photograph from LCI(L) 249 of troops going ashore under fire on D-Day. Soldiers from the landing craft (foreground) use a walkway and ramp (centre) to enter the water and wade ashore under enemy fire. At the water's edge are tanks and other vehicles that had been unloaded from other types of landing craft to support the infantry, including two amphibious Sherman tanks (right) and a Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle, Royal Engineers) (left), designed to deal with enemy fortifications and obstacles.

Source: Canadian War Museum

George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 20020039-001_p3c

Courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

LCI(L -249 at Salerno, 10 September 1943. Italian civilians bring a small boat to British sailors to keep their feet dry. Source: NaveSource.org  Credit: Jerry Gilmartin MMC(SW) USN Ret. Secretary AFMM LCI 713, Curator PT-658 Save the PT Boat Inc, courtesy Dennis Blocker LCI National Association Historian

Stoker Gellatly on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

PO Stoker Campbell on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Torpedoman Wiseman on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

LS Singleton, Gunner on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Seaman Woods on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Cox'n Rondpré, LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Lt Dave A. Moon, 2nd in Command (X.O.), LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Bob Taylor, QR3 on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Unknown crew member of LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Unknown crew member of LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Beales (1st name not known) on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Gunner Gunter on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Stoker (M) Lockhart on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Torpedoman Watson on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Maximuik (Maximurik??) on LCI(L) 249

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

LCI(L) 249 in the Irish Sea, on route from Liverpool to Plymouth, 1944

Photo taken from LCI(L) 266

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

Unknown crew member of either LCI(L) 249 or LCI(L) 266

From the collection of Frank Tucker

Courtesy of Joe Phelan

 

 

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